Brnik, 12 September (STA) - Austrian logistics company Cargo-Partner inaugurated a new, EUR 28 million logistics centre near the Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana on Thursday. Boasting 25,000 square metres of storage space, the facility is one of the largest logistics centres in the region.
The centre will service Cargo-Partner's clients in central and south-eastern Europe, but the company believes it will have to expand the centre in a few years' time.
Cargo-Partner owner Stefan Krauter said at the opening that the company had decided to build in Slovenia due to its geostrategic position between Asia and central Europe and because of trust in the country's political and social environment.
Moreover, the Slovenian market lacks modern logistics services, he said, adding that the location itself also provided great potential for development in the region.
Krauter noted that it took a long time before the company had acquired all the necessary paperwork, while the construction itself was completed in a mere eleven months.
The final price tag of the complex was EUR 28 million, a million and a half more than initially planned. The centre was by far the biggest investment of Cargo-Partner in the past few years.
The centre was launched last month and will replace the company's three current storage facilities in Slovenia, which amount to a combined 6,000 square metres of space.
The new centre has 25,000 square metres of storage space and another 4,000 square metres of office space. "There is great interest in and demand for our services," said Cargo-Partner Slovenia boss Viktor Kastelic.
The company has already signed on new partners and the storage is filling up fast. He believes the facility will be full in about five to seven years, when the company plans to expand the centre.
He believes that Cargo-Partner will increase its market share in Slovenia, which amounts to 21% in air cargo transport and 15% in naval transport.